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Maine Volunteer Profile

A significant element of civic health is working together in the community to address issues and solve problems. Communities with a history of strong volunteering (formally organized by local groups) and neighboring (ad hoc or informal volunteering) have been proven to be more resilient in the face of adversity.

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Data Report released December 2015

[Note: Each category header is a link to a spreadsheet with multiple years of data.]

Volunteer Rate
(% of Maine citizens who volunteer.)      

2015 -  31.6%
2014 - 31.9%
2013 - 32.3%
2012 - 32.6%
2011 - 32.8%
2010 - 32.3%
2009 - 34.4%

Total Number of Maine Volunteers (all ages combined)
2015 - 345,303    
2014 - 336,570
2013 - 350,225
2012 - 353,362
2011 - 349,381
2010 - 344,584
2009 - 366,608

Community Sectors Where Mainers Volunteer 
Activity/program category
                           

                         2015            2014        2013        2012        2011
Civic                     7.3%           8.4%        8.1%        9.9%        8.6%                    
Educational          28.2%         26.6%      26.3%      27.9%     27.1%
Health                  8.5%             8.4%        8.40%      9.7%       9.7% 
Religious              18.8%           19.2%      20.4%      22.6%     20.7%
Social Service      17.9%           18.6%     18.2%      18.9%     18.9%
Sport/Arts             7.2%             7.1%        6.9%        6.6%        5.5%
Other                    5.5%             11.6%     5.5%        4.6%         4.5%

 

Major Categories of Volunteer Activities 

Activity                                   2015        2014        2013        2012        2011  
Sports Teams (Coach, etc.)    8.3%       7.4%        8.7%        *              10.2%  
Tutor/teach                              13.8%     15.2%      14.9%      *              14.1%
Mentor Youth                            15.9%     17.6%     18.5%      18.3%     16.6%  
Religious (Usher, etc)               9.7%       8.9%       8.4%        *               7.8%
Collect/Distribute Food              24.1%    22.8%      23.5%      25.2%     26.7%
Collect/Distribute Clothing          13.4       14.0%      15.0%      *              14.6%
Fundraise                                   28.9%    28.4%      28.9%      31.1%     31.1%
Emergency Response/Counseling  6.6%     5.3%         6.2%        *        5.9%
Office Services                             13.2%    12.7%      12.9%       *           15.1%
Professional/Management             23.2%   24.3%       24.7%      23.1%   21.5%
Music/Art                                        9.2% 10.0%       10.3%      *               9.6%
General Labor                                23.7%   23.7%       26.2%     25.5%    24.2%

Volunteer Rates by Age Group (2013-2015 avg.)
16-19 - 39.3%
20-24 - 25.5%
25-34 - 25.3%
35-44 - 34.5%
45-54 - 37.7%
55-64 - 30.1%
65-74 - 31%
75+  - 28.2%
Note: Linked table is comparison of 3 years of pooled data. 
For table showing volunteer hours by age group, use this LINK.

Volunteer Retention Rate
(% of volunteers who complete their assignment)
2015 - 68.3%
2014 - 67.9%
2013 - 70.1%
2012 - 70.1%
2011 - 70.3%
2010 - 68.6%
2009 - 69.3%
2008 - 68.9%

Value of Maine's Volunteer Sector
The dollar value of the pro bono (in-kind) labor generated by volunteers is caluculated by the total number of volunteer hours multiplied by the Independent Sector dollar value for an hour of volunteer time contributed by a Maine volunteer. The worth of time varies by state and is not reflective of the skill level (nurse, docent, receptionist) or type of work (trailbuilding, meal prep, or reading aloud). In essence, it is like an average.
2015 = $   934,000,000
2014 = $   943,000,000
2013 = $   900,090,000
2012 = $   745,800,000
2011 = $   863,200,000
2010 = $1,081,820,000 
2009 = $1,101,000,000
2008 = $   868,000,000

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Maine Rankings Among States

* means data not available

Volunteer Hours Per Resident (annual # of hours)
Maine ranked ...
#10 in 2015 - 36.9 hours total per volunteer over 1 year
#11 in 2014 - 38.3 hours 
#9 in 2013 - 38.1 hours 
#8 in 2012 - 40.4 hours 
#14 in 2011 - 37.2 hours
#4 in 2010 - 46.7 hours
#4 in 2009 - 48.6 hours
#7 in 2008 - 45.3 hours

Rate of Volunteering Among Citizens (how many volunteer)
Maine ranked ...
#11 in 2015 - 31.5% of Maine citizens were volunteers
#13 in 2014 - 31.9% 
#13 in 2013 - 32.5%
#14 in 2012 - 32.5% 
#12 in 2011 - 32.8%
#16 in 2010 - 32.8%
#15 in 2009 - 33.3%
#15 in 2008 - 32.8%

Volunteer Retention Rate
Maine ranked ...
#13 in 2015 - 68.3% of volunteers completed their assignment; did not leave prematurely
#15 in 2014 - 67.9% 
#10 in 2013 - 70.1%
#10 in 2012 - 70.1% 
#11 in 2011 - 70.3%
#15 in 2010 - 68.6%
#16 in 2009 - 69.3%
#17 in 2008 - 68.9%

Older Adult Volunteer Rate (individuals 65 and older)
Maine ranked ...
#13 in 2014 - 29.3% of residents 65 and older volunteered
#18 in 2013 - 27.9%
#21 in 2012 - 27.3% 
#20 in 2011 - 28.1%
#15 in 2010 - 29.8%
#12 in 2009 - 29.6%
#14 in 2008 - 28.7%

Baby Boomer Volunteer Rates (individuals born between 1946 and 1964)
Maine ranked ...

#11 in 2015 - 32.9%  of residents in the Baby Booomer generation volunteered
#12 in 2014 - 33.8%
#14 in 2013 - 33.9% 
#15 in 2012 - 34.4% 
#15 in 2011 - 35.1%
#17 in 2010 - 35%
#16 in 2009  - 36.1%
#16 in 2008 - 36.6%

Young Adult Volunteer Rates (individuals 16 to 24 years of age)
Maine ranked ...
No longer calculated.
#6 in 2013 - 30.3%
#4 in 2012 - 31.1% 
#2 in 2011 - 33.7%
#4 in 2010 - 31.5%
#3 in 2009 - 30.5%
#17 in 2008 - 24.8%

Millennial Generation Volunteer Rates (individuals born after 1980)
Maine ranked ...
#11 in 2015 - 27.2% of Maine residents in the millennial generation volunteered
#18 in 2014 - 25.8% 
#10 in 2013 - 28.0%
#7 in 2012 - 29.4% 
#6 in 2011 - 30.3%
#8 in 2010 - 28.6%
#9 in 2009 - 28.3%
#* in 2008 - 31.3%

Teenage Volunteer Rates (a subset of "Young Adults," this data is for 16-19 year olds)
Maine ranked ...
*   in 2015 -  39.3%
#8 in 2014 - 34.0% of Maine teens volunteered
#6 in 2013 - 36.9% 
#1 in 2012 - 39.9% 
#1 in 2011 - 44%
#2 in 2010 - 42.0%
#8 in 2009 - 36.8%
#18 in 2008 - 30.9%

College Student Volunteer Rates
Maine ranked ... 
#5  in 2015 - 38.3% 

Parents Volunteer Rates
Maine ranked ... 
#8  in 2015 - 39.9%

Veterans Volunteer Rates 
Maine ranked ... 
#24  in 2015 - 25.8% 

 

Individuals aged 65 years old and older.
Volunteer Hours per Resident
Volunteer Hours per Resident